What Chance Do I Have at Harvard with My LSAT Score?

Since Harvard is one of the best law schools in the country, it has the great advantage of being many prospective law students’ first-choice school. Admission to Harvard is therefore a very competitive process that calls for a top-notch application. That starts with getting a strong LSAT score.
Harvard Law School’s LSAT median is 173. Its 25th percentile is 170, and its 75th percentile is 175. That means the vast majority of successful Harvard Law applicants score in the top 3% of all LSAT test-takers. Since this is a difficult order, many students just outside of this range (or even on the lower end of Harvard’s range) might question whether they’ll be successful applicants.
Keeping in mind that Harvard doesn’t consider the LSAT to be the “end all, be all” of admissions, we’ve compiled a guide to help you get a sense for where your score measures up in Harvard’s candidate pool.

Where does your score stand?

174-180: With this kind of score, you’ll be above median. You’re in the clear, as far as your LSAT is concerned, but again, no score guarantees you admission to Harvard. Make sure your other application materials stand out as much as your LSAT does.
173: You’re at median, so your LSAT score is strong relative to other Harvard applicants. Review other components of your application so typos and errors don’t put your LSAT score to waste.
170-172: You’re below median, but still competitive. Your score falls within Harvard’s 25th to 7th percentile range. Apply early and you’ll help strengthen your case for admission.
166-169: You’re in the gray area. Your personal statement, optional essays, and resume will need to outshine your LSAT score. 25% of students at Harvard have scores under a 170, so don’t count yourself out of the running.
165 and below: You’ll need to do some serious work to convince admissions officers why you belong at Harvard. Pitch your strengths, and make sure you have a compelling story to support your application!
Why is the LSAT so important in law school admissions? Check out our post here.

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